Babymooning on Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island – the land of mussels and that Anne girl.

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While we considered a few different options for a babymoon destination, Price Edward Island (PEI) quickly rose to the top of the list. We figured once we had a baby in tow we may never have the guts to make the 13 hour drive. (Now that we have a little one, I can certainly say that we were right.) Plus, was there ever a little girl who read the Anne of Green Gables series and then didn’t dream of exploring that beautiful place?

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Eating our Way Through Portland, Maine

If Virginia is for lovers, Portland, Maine is for foodies.
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A while back we headed up to Maine for a weekend away. Being my first time to Portland, the industrial coastal city was larger than I had anticipated and surprisingly chock full of culinary goodness. When I started researching for things to do in Portland, it immediately became apparent this was going to be a food-centric trip.

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SOWA Saturdays in Boston’s South End

To me, the South End is classic Boston. Gorgeous brick homes with elaborate bannisters and tree and streetlamp lined streets. Forget the fact that finding a non-resident parking spot is nearly impossible – once you overlook that small fact, the South End is perfection.

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I was meeting a friend to explore the famous SoWA (South of Washington) Open Market. On my long, long walk from my parking spot to SoWA, I couldn’t help but snap some photos along the way there, only to find they do have some limited parking on-site. Oh well.

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How to Plan A Weekend in Nantucket

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Nantucket in September is the ideal beach getaway. The crowds have dissipated, the ocean has grown warmer from a summer’s worth of sunshine, and it’s not so hot that you want to curl up next to an air conditioner. The days are pleasant and the nights are cool. Call me crazy, but September really is my favorite beach month!

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Unplugged

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For a while I’ve been toying with the idea of “unplugging” for a time, and it just happened naturally the last two months. Sometimes I find myself reading about or looking at pictures of things I’m interested in more often than actually doing them. The internet is a fascinating and dangerous hole. We all need to take care that we’re not window shoppers of our own passions.

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Finger Lakes Favorites

I love the rolling farms, beauty, and quietness of the Finger Lakes.

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It’s easy to spend an entire weekend and never leave the house – between kayaking, hammock-reading, waterskiing, third-cup-of-coffeeing, s’moreing and floating – it’s an active weekend if we manage to bring out the croquet set or Settlers of Catan. Heck, going for a morning run (past horse and buggies no less) is a victory in my book!

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An Afternoon in Stockbridge

A few weeks ago we took a road trip pit-stop in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. I’ve been out in the Berkshires only twice, once for cross-country skiing in the middle of the winter, and for a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. Both times driving through the surround area was a big lovely tease! After all these years of speeding through the Berkshires on our way to visit family, it was time to check it out.

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The town of Stockbridge is a sleepy quasi-resort Americana town. Beyond the beautiful Berkshires, the area is best known for being the adult home of famous American Painter Norman Rockwell.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Ice Cream

This adventure in ice cream came about as a lack of pantry goods. Since we were going away for the weekend, I wanted to use up our dairy items before they went bad. (Naturally, MAKE MORE ICE CREAM!)

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I’ve yet to make a simple chocolate ice cream, but upon getting out the cocoa powder I realized I didn’t have enough. Instead I decided to add a heaping spoonful of cinnamon. The result was a deliciously light-flavored chocolate ice cream – the effect was a Wendy’s frosty with a twist.

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Blueberries for Sal (the Best Blueberry Pie Ever!)

Whenever I am in western New York, blueberry picking is on my priority list. I love the peacefulness of picking blueberries – it’s a quiet, mindless activity and you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors, all while enjoying nature’s candy. Last year we picked 40 pounds of blueberries!
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The bulk of the berries we pick go into the freezer, but I always make this blueberry cream pie.

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Watkins Glen, NY

There are many beautiful places in the world. But there are a few that truly take my breath away.

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I’ve posted on Watkins Glen NY State Park before, but we hiked it again a few weeks ago and I just had to share some photos of it’s AMAZINGNESS!

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Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice

I don’t know what the weather has been like near you this week, but in Boston Mother Nature has made it clear that summer ain’t over. Which is good news for me – more time for ice cream!

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This time around I wanted to try making a relatively “healthy” sweet treat and this ice has no added sugars. In fact it’s only 3 ingredients!

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Summer Snapshots

Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend! I’ve been getting behind in my blogging about all the wonderful adventures and (tedious) projects we’ve been working on this summer.

This summer disappeared quickly.

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Three Renovation Years Later: Downstairs Before and After

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It’s CRAZY that we’ve been working on this house for over three years now! It only seems like yesterday that we got the keys to the house – and immediately tore out the built-in bench in the old sunroom, and starting ripping down the wallpaper in the dining room. Every few months, when certain projects get too overwhelming to even think about, I look back at the photos I took when we first bought the house and I realize just how much we’ve gotten done.

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The Great Outdoor Messmakers

Lately our life is made up of dirt. Pants, shirts, shoes, gardening gloves, socks, you name it – it’s covered in dirt.

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This month we seem to embody the motto “work hard, play hard” because if we aren’t ankle deep in the yard, we’re at the beach or a theme party, but never in-between.

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Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton

I’m a bit of a cookie diva. My motto is homemade is always best, and it better be soft and chewy.

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Enter Tates, which is store-bought and crunchy. The opposite of what I love, yet insanely delicious. Tate’s Bake Shop is a bakery in Southampton run by Kathleen King. They are famous for the cookies – ranked the best cookie by Consumer Reports (so you know it’s true). The crispy cookies are excellent for dunking and can now be purchased in gourmet grocery stores.